Ja Morant is confident he can take on an NBA legend, JaMarcus Russell wants his career properly assessed, David Ortiz advocates for a current Red Sox slugger and more from our quotes of the week.
"I would've cooked [Michael Jordan] too ... I'm never gonna go and say nobody gonna beat me 1-on-1."
-- Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, on playing in Michael Jordan's NBA era, via Taylor Rooks X
"You tell me the third-best defender is going to have to guard me? Good luck."
-- John Wall, on joining Paul George and Kawhi Leonard on the LA Clippers
"This is fun. I can see why this is addicting."
-- Richard Jefferson, on his refereeing debut in the NBA summer league
"If you're gonna call me a bust, then put 'The Biggest' on that m---------."
-- Former Oakland Raiders No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell, on being called a bust, via The Pivot Podcast
"When I first saw him a couple of years ago in the big leagues, I right away told the Red Sox, 'You've got to let this guy in. Devers might be one of the top three pure hitters right now. Not 'might,' because I'm 100% sure right now."
-- Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz, on third baseman Rafael Devers. Devers has one year of arbitration eligibility left after this season before becoming eligible for free agency
"If [Rasheed Wallace] played in our league today ... he'd be better than Giannis and I love Giannis."
-- Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, comparing Rasheed Wallace to Giannis Antetokounmpo, via the Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
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